These are exciting times. Over 30 people attended our first Information Day and the first Annual Meeting of our newly formed provincial organization, FAMS, Funeral Advisory and Memorial Society of southern and eastern Ontario. This well-attended meeting left us all feeling very encouraged by the persistent efforts of the activists who worked so hard and for so long to achieve the advances we have today. With renewed energy, we will continue to make even more progress in improving how we deal with end-of-life issues.
Visitors were welcomed to take part in a smudging ceremony outside by Christine Lefebvre, of the Mohawk nation, who also catered a fantastic lunch.
People said: “I learned a lot”, “it was very useful”, “I am glad I attended”, “I wouldn’t have wanted to miss it”.
The speakers Michelle Crognale, inspector with the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, and Mark Richardson: Board member of the Green Burial Society of Canada and Manager of Cemetery Services at City of Niagara Falls held the audience captive with their presentations.
After a short break they joined the panel with Pearl Davie, (Vice Chair, Government Relations and former President, The Federation of Ontario Memorial Societies – Funeral Consumers Alliance), Ellen Newman and Susan Koswan (the Great Green Death Project) to answer questions and discuss topics of concern with the audience.
The Information tables about green burial, future possibility of human composting, our local funeral homes, Death Cafe, Death Doulas and other “death” related topics were well attended.
If you missed it, it will be repeated next year and we still might have local events in the different centres. Make sure you receive our email-newsletter by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Why Is Death Left Out Of Wellness? Here's How To Start The End-Of-Life Conversation
The Funeral Consumers Advocacy
of London and Windsor